Amidst the closing of Tempe Improv, owner goes missing

By | May 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | 2 comments | News | Tags: , , ,

UPDATE: May 30

Anderson’s family has hired a private investigator and set up a hotline. If you think you’ve spotted Anderson, please call Thomas Martin at (800) 577-1080 or email DCist has some new details, below:

Kim Thomas, Anderson’s sister-in-law and spokeswoman for the family, says Anderson left home on May 12 with plans to return on May 14. When he did not come home, his wife, Holly, reported him missing. Anderson did not have any known plans to visit San Diego, Thomas tells DCist. He ‘showed up at a friend’s’ in the California city on May 15 but left the following morning without taking any of his belongings, Thomas says.

Thomas says Anderson suffered something akin to a mental breakdown 16 years ago, though she did not specify the details of that incident other than saying it was a ‘stress-induced episode.’


Mark Wilson Anderson, the owner of the Tempe and Washington DC Improv comedy clubs, has reportedly been missing for two weeks. Anderson’s disappearance was officially reported by his wife on May 12, and is currently being investigated by the Oklahoma City Police Department.

He was last seen driving a 2011 silver Dodge Durango with the Arizona license plate AWE8050. Thomas Martin, a private investigator, reports that Mark’s credit card transactions have been closely monitored, but there has been no activity for the past 11 days. Martin also explains, “His medical condition has set in motion circumstances that he believes he is under some sort of threat. He may be suffering from some delusion.”

Anderson, who has two children, is based out of Oklahoma City and Phoenix, but he is also believed to have visited California, Nevada, Utah and Texas within the past two weeks. Anyone who may have information regarding Mark’s disappearance is asked to contact either the Oklahoma City Police Missing Persons Unit at 405-297-1129, or Thomas Martin at 800-577-1080.

The news of the 60-year-old’s disappearance comes only a few weeks after the announcement that the Tempe Improv would be closing on June 1s due to low ticket sales. Anderson has claimed that the club, which has been open for 23 years, has been losing business to Stand Up Live, a venue that opened just last year. In a press release, Anderson alleged that a former booker for the Tempe Improv had been sharing “proprietary business information” with the owner of Stand Up Live, helping to lure acts away from the Improv. Anderson also shared plans to renovate the Tempe and reopen it as a different, non-comedy venue in the future.

We’re hoping for Anderson’s safe return and encourage everyone to pass around the flyer, which contains the aforementioned important information.

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  • Drift

    Comedian Don Friesen posted this on his Facebook page fourteen hours ago: “Great news. I just got news that he has been found. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.”I haven’t seen confirmation other than that but I’m hoping it’s true.

    • Drift

      Apparently that was bad information. PLEASE disregard. I hope that he’s found safely soon.

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